Senate approves bill to make Arabic compulsory in educational institutions
ISLAMABAD (92 News) - The Senate on Monday approved a bill to make the Arabic language compulsory in primary and secondary educational institutions across Islamabad.
The bill, moved by PML-N's Javed Abbasi, said that the language should be taught from grade 1-5, while students of classes 6-11 should also learn Arabic grammar.
The minister will ensure the implementation of the bill within six months, the bill's text said.
Javed Abbasi said Arabic has been included in the top five languages spoken in the world and was also an official language of 25 countries. He said Arabic should be taught as a compulsory language in all educational institutions.
Terming the bill the best one, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan said govt “categorically supported” the bill. He said this step should be taken 70 years ago.
Senators Mushtaq Ahmed, Maulana Ghafoor Haideri, Sirajul Haq and others also appreciated Javed Abbasi for bringing the bill in the upper house.
Stressing the need for students to learn the language, he said that the country would not be going through problems had the masses understood the Holy Qu'ran.
The senator said that he is "in favour of all languages being taught in educational institutions, may it be Russian, Spanish, or English. If our people learn Arabic, more Pakistanis will get jobs in the Middle Eastern countries."